Tag: Death

Nearing Home

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

The time of my departure is at hand. 2 Timothy 4:6

How often have I noticed when headed home from my travels a relief and release, a lessening of strain and tension. Nothing bothers me, I feel great, I am going home!

Should it not be so with us Christian pilgrims who seek a country? Why should earth’s cares pester us? We are on our way home, and nothing can stop us. Death itself but speeds the arrival and is a paying proposition, for “to depart and be with Christ is far better.” “To die is gain.”

“One sweetly solemn thought” daily reminds us that we are nearer home than we’ve ever been before. Let time and earth do their worst, they but quicken our heavenward pace! There is nothing to fear. No combination of men or devils can keep us from getting home. Why should I not be hilarious with a song in my heart? I shall soon be beyond all that spoils my peace and joy. My Lord is over there, and more and more of those I love gather on that side. Nothing can hinder me from arriving. I feel like traveling on!

It is great to be nearing home!

by Vance Havner

Where am I bound for?

Samuel Daviesby Samuel Davies

“A New Year’s Gift” January 1, 1760

“Knowing the TIME, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep!” Romans 13:11

Consider the SHORTNESS of your time! That part of time which is parceled out to you, is not only uncertain–but extremely short! It is uncertain when it will end, but it is absolutely certain that it will end very soon!

In a short time death will convey you from this world–to Heaven or Hell. Is it not high time then for you to awake out of sleep! Your work is great–and your time is short! You have no time to spare–none to trifle away!

Methinks it would shock a man to enter upon a new year, without knowing whether he will be in Heaven or Hell before the end of it! We are all standing upon the slippery brink of eternity!

This day let us put this question to our hearts: “What really am I? Am I a humble, dutiful servant of God? Or am I a disobedient, impenitent sinner? Am I a disciple of Christ in reality? Or do I only wear His name, and make an empty profession of His religion? Where am I bound for? For Heaven–or for Hell? Which am I most fit for in my disposition? For the region of perfect holiness–or for that region of sin and impurity? Shall I stupidly delay the determination, until it is passed by the irrevocable sentence of the Supreme Judge, before whom I may stand before this year is at a close? Alas, if it should then be against me–then my doom will be remediless!”

There is none of this salvation work in Hell! They no sooner enter into the eternal world–than their state will be unchangeably and eternally fixed!

by Samuel Davies